Delvecchio S. Finley will become CEO of the Alameda Health System, Oakland, Calif., in August. He was CEO of Harbor–UCLA Medical Center.

Paul E. Ogden, M.D., was named interim executive vice president and acting CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center on June 1. He will continue as interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine and interim vice president for clinical affairs.

MemorialCare Health System, serving Los Angeles and Orange counties in California, appointed John Bishop CEO of Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach. He was chief financial officer of the three hospitals and of Seaside Health Plan. He has been an executive with MemorialCare Health System since 2004.

Mike Dewerff became president and CEO of UnityPoint Health–Fort Dodge, Iowa, June 10. He was president and CFO. Previously, he was CFO of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Victor E. Giovanetti was named president of LifePoint Health’s Western Group of hospitals, which includes 19 hospitals in 10 states. Giovanetti was chief operating officer of the company’s Eastern Group of facilities since July 2013. LifePoint Health is based in Brentwood, Tenn.

LifePoint Health announced the promotions of three other senior leaders: Pam Belcher to senior vice president, human resources and talent management; Reggie Hill to senior vice president, chief compliance and policy officer; and Christopher Rehm, M.D., to the newly created position of chief medical informatics officer. Belcher was vice president, organizational development and recruitment. Hill was chief compliance officer. Rehm was vice president, medical informatics.

Orlando (Fla.) Health, named Jamal Hakim, M.D., COO and Bernadette M. Spong, CFO. Hakim was interim president and CEO. Spong was senior vice president of finance and CFO of network hospitals for the University of North Carolina Health Care system based in Chapel Hill.

James R. Williams was appointed vice president, ambulatory and ancillary services of McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. He joined McNeal from Accelitech, where he was COO of the largest network of Cyberknife Cancer Treatment Centers in the United States.

Mary Keegan, R.N., will be promoted to chief nursing officer of NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Ill., on Oct. 1. She will succeed Nancy Semerdjian who will retire at the end of NorthShore’s fiscal year. Keegan was vice president of nursing at both Evanston and Skokie hospitals.

Andy Anderson, M.D., was named chief medical officer of Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee. He joined the organization in 2011 as senior vice president of academic affairs and has played instrumental roles in overseeing Aurora’s medical education partnership with the University of Wisconsin.

Kim Barnas was appointed president of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value in Appleton, Wis. She has been a longtime faculty member of the center and is a past vice president of ThedaCare, a seven-hospital system in northeastern Wisconsin.

Steven J. Stack, M.D., was sworn in as the 170th president of the American Medical Association. He is the first emergency physician to hold the seat. Stack has been medical director of the emergency departments at St. Joseph East in Lexington, Ky., and St. Joseph Mt. Sterling in rural eastern Kentucky. He was also medical director of the ED at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., an orthopedic hand surgeon from Hollidaysburg, Pa., is the new president-elect.

Major Gifts

Business leader and University of Southern California trustee Rick J. Caruso and his wife Tina donated $25 million to endow and name the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and the USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication, the department’s affiliated treatment center for young children with severe hearing loss. Their daughter Gianna was born with mild to moderate hearing loss and relied on reading lips to ensure that she understood what was being said. Last year, a team of USC doctors provided her with a new, highly sensitive hearing device that was inserted into her ear. “The minute the hearing device went in, there was a huge difference. Gianna started crying — all of us started crying,” Caruso said. “It was a life changer.”

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, received a $10 million gift from Stan and Joan Ross to establish the Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance. The center will complement the university’s Brain and Spine Hospital, scheduled to open in 2016. The Rosses also have endowed the Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Chair in Neuromodulation, currently held by neurosurgeon Ali Rezai, M.D., who has spearheaded the concept of a center dedicated to population brain health at the university.

An anonymous donor gave $500,000 gifts to each of two hospitals of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System based in Middletown, N.Y. Orange Regional Medical Center will use its gift to support an expansion project, which includes a cancer center and a medical office building. Catskill Regional Medical Center already has begun a fundraising effort to enhance and upgrade inpatient facilities throughout the hospital. The donors were described as “grateful patients at both hospitals and had made contributions thanking the hospitals’ doctors and nurses for their care and compassion over the years.” They asked that no naming opportunities or recognition be provided.

Mergers & Acquisitions

After nearly two years of negotiations and recent approval by the California attorney general, Lodi Health officially became a part of Adventist Health on June 1. Adventist Health donated $2 million to the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation and will invest at least $98 million for capital improvements. In addition, Adventist Health will implement a new electronic health records system.

KishHealth System, DeKalb, Ill., signed a letter of intent to explore an affiliation with Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago. During the next several months, KishHealth and NMHC will further define the affiliation, which remains subject to regulatory review and approval.

Hackensack University Health Network and Seton Hall University in June signed a definitive agreement to form a new, four-year school of medicine. It will be the only private Catholic school of medicine in New Jersey.


The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release a master plan by Oct. 16 for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System with the goal to revitalize the West LA campus into what it describes as “a vibrant, welcoming and sustainable community for veterans.” Over the next three months through a series of focus groups and assessments, the VA will solicit input from federal, state and local stakeholders; veteran service organizations; faith-based and charitable groups; and community partners. “As we develop the details of that necessary goal through the master plan, the input we receive from all of our stakeholders and the community will be absolutely vital to charting our path forward,” says Vincent Kane, the VA’s senior adviser on homelessness. The urban planning team comprises Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum Inc., Walsh Group and Core Companies. 



Sept. 27–30: World Medical Tourism, Global Healthcare Congress, Orlando

The eighth congress will discuss why and where patients seek health care abroad, as well as payment issues and regional challenges to medical tourism. For information, visit

Oct. 6–8: 39th World Hospital Congress, Chicago

The International Hospital Association, American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives will host the 39th World Health Care Congress. The conference theme is “Advancing Global Health & Health Care.” Experts from around the world will discuss topics ranging from equity of care to innovation in care delivery. Visit

Oct. 4–6: AHRQ Research Conference, Crystal City, Va.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and AcademyHealth will bring back AHRQ’s annual research conference after a two-year absence. On Oct. 6, they will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to hold sessions. PCORI’s first annual meeting will be held in the same location Oct. 7–9. Visit

Oct. 5–7: Second CAPG Colloquium, Washington, D.C.

With government and commercial payers demanding that hospitals and physicians move into risk-bearing arrangements, the colloquium will focus on how to excel at coordinated care, with a focus on managing risk. Visit

Mercy Hospital Joplin
A striking symbol of a town restored

The opening of a new hospital is an important event for any community, but it was an especially momentous occasion when the new Mercy Hospital Joplin (Mo.) opened its door to patients in March.

The 900,000-sq. ft., $465 million facility replaces the former St. John’s Regional Medical Center, which was little more than a shell after the EF-5 tornado tore through Joplin in May 2011. The town sustained 161 fatalities, more than 1,000 injuries and damages totaling an estimated $2.8 billion. Despite the devastation, Joplin has bounced back and the new hospital is a symbol of that rebirth.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle that Mercy has been restored — and all is good,” says John Farnen, Mercy’s executive director for strategic projects, based in Chesterfield, Mo.

Built on schedule and under budget, the new hospital takes structural resiliency to a new level, but also features a host of technology and design elements that put patient care at the forefront. The hospital installed an advanced linear accelerator for cancer treatment, an extensive electronic health record system, an advanced telemedicine system, an emergency department that maximizes workflow and patient convenience, a neonatal intensive care unit and much more.

The project was accelerated by the fact that Cindy Beckham, executive director of facility design at Mercy, headed up the development of design guidelines for the health system about a year and a half before the tornado struck. Prefabrication of elements such as headwalls and bathrooms also contributed to the speed of construction, she adds.

Making the patient experience comfortable and pleasant was a high priority. The experience starts with accessible parking and continues with open spaces and natural daylighting in public areas, not to mention efficient wayfinding, thanks in large part to the facility’s layout, she says.

The 200 private rooms promote comfort and plenty of space for family and staff. The overall design emphasizes use of neutral color and durable, interchangeable materials and finishes, Beckham says. — Jeff Ferenc